We’re very much looking forward to hosting Andrew Kelly’s Bookmaking Course on Weekend 20 & 21 August. Andrew comes recommended by Mrs Kelly aka Ciara Healy, and has accompanied and assisted on these wonderful bookmaking courses that we’ve run over the past few years.
Andrew talked to us about his proposals for the weekend and his thoughts about his craft. He will be starting with a very simple single page book followed by two more sculptural A3 card books, before continuing with more advanced work.
“If I had to sum up my belief in Book Arts in a nutshell I would say that Book Arts not only satisfies those who relish acquiring technical skills but also helps to free up the many artists and budding artists who can be daunted by a blank page and prefer to tease out a theme as a sequence or set of images. Reading a hand made artists’ book is a private pleasure which reinvigorates a book lovers’ curiosity about what the next page might bring.”
Through Andrew’s small press, Ignition, he has published 16 books, mainly hardback with most in editions of 200 to 500 copies involving five artists and designers as well as Ciara’s and his own work. A recipient of funding from the hard-pressed Irish Arts Council he won the Impressions award, have been shortlisted for two other U.K. awards, received a funded residency to Vermont, and has been widely published in, among others, Image, Envoi, Circa and Orbis. Andrew has just been invited to contribute to a Forward anthology, am awaiting publication in this years’ Ragged Raven anthology and am in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the National Irish Visual Arts Library, various university collections including U.C.A., Winchester and Edinburgh colleges of Art and the permanent collection of Tate Britain.
We’re looking forward to Andrew’s visit, there are still some places left, and as before these tend to go very quickly.